Bitten by the Bug 2 – Summer Fun

We are in the heat of the summer and Bitten by the Bug 2 has a challenge to show your Summer Fun.  Here is the layout I came up with.


I don’t do a lot of scrapbook layouts and I have never scrapped something this quickly, since this was just a week and a half ago.  We have a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and spent a week there with our daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Our son couldn’t come due to COVID restrictions and others couldn’t come for the same reasons.  While we didn’t have nearly the number of family and friends this year, it allowed my granddaughter and I to have some special time together.  We have a black lab and the lake is like heaven to him along with kids.  Elena would run and jump off the dock and our dog would be right behind her.  She also has a black lab who would do the same thing and sometimes both dogs would jump in.  I captured these pictures from a video I took and it represents the center of our summers.  I tend to do simple layouts and let the pictures take center stage.   A cut from Campin’ Critters with the Jump in the Lake was perfect for the title in the corner and splashes from Noah’s ABC Animals added a nice flourish.  The circle is basic shapes and I let the Cricut do the writing using Market Street Fonts (Eloise).

Join in the Summer Fun and link your own project using your Cricut on the Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge. Get lots of inspiration from all the wonderful projects done by the design team.  – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Cute Critters

Our challenge over at Bitten by the Bug 2 is Cute Critters and here is my project (actually two of them).


closeup A closeup of the materials.

I am not a cutesy kind of crafter, but I do have a soft spot for the bears in the Cricut cartridge called Teddy Bear Parade.  They all have this expression that makes you want to hug them and there are a ton of different outfits for all kinds of occasions.  I decided that I wanted to do a shaped card and so I searched through the images and picked these two because the hats made a nice top to hinge together.  To make the card base, I sized the bear to be 5 inches tall and duplicated it.  I then removed the fishing pole (and pitchfork from the farmer).  Welding the copy made a perfect shape.  I then duplicated that and flipped it vertically.  I lined the two shapes up head to head and overlapped those heads enough to make sure I would have enough to make a decent size fold and used the centering tool to make sure they matched.  The welding tool was once again used to make one shape.  Adding a scoring line was done using the line from basic shapes and turning it 90 degrees.  If you put it with the welded shape and use the alignment tool (the horizontal center) it places it perfectly to fold the card at the top of the head.  You could also do that manually.  The original image was cut using some fun materials and lines up perfectly on the base shape. I used a faux suede material for the bears and a Tim Holtz textile paper for the overalls.  These were fun to do and I will probably try others.

Make sure to use your Cricut and link your own Cute Critter creation on Bitten by the Bug 2.

Bitten By the Bug 2 – In the Stars

A new challenge starts today at Bitten By the Bug 2 called In the Stars.


I searched Design Space for stars, then went to my second favorite place to search for stars.  This box card   Happy 4th SVG Kit   came up as part of the kit called Happy 4th.  Since I needed to make a card for a friend who celebrated their 90th birthday on July 2, I decided I could modify the card into a birthday card.  I took the first insert and using a square shape, sliced off the top which said “4th” on a banner with a star.  I searched Design Space and found a birthday sentiment that was curved in Create a Critter.  I used a banner from Close to My Heart “Artiste” and a star shape from the basic shapes.  After sizing all of them to fit, I made a copy of the sentiment and then arranged the original, the base, the banner and the star together and welded them.  I replaced the dot on the “i” with a star.  Since it was her 90th, I also hid the star contour on the front flap and replaced it with a 90.  Everything else remained as the original design.  The paper was from Authentique and called Anchored.  It makes for a fun birthday card.  Don’t be afraid to alter some of the fun designs you find to make them your own.  Join in the fun with your own project with star shapes on your Circut and link it to the challenge on Bitten By the Bug 2.  – Denise

BBTB2 – Summer Solstice – Show Me the Sun

My mother was born on June 21 (the first full day of Summer) so this time of year has always been celebrated in our family.  Bitten by the Bug 2 has chosen this as the challenge for the next two weeks.  My daughter was also to be married on June 21 this year, but due to COVID 19, it has been postponed until next year.  I am still going to see her, so I did a super quick card for our challenge.


I searched for sun in Design Space and this image from Folk Art Festival came up and I thought it looked like one of those suns they show on the CBS show Sunday Morning.  The sentiment is from Small Talk Frames & Tags.  Using some scraps from my stash in yellow, orange and peach I cut it out and mounted it on blue cardstock.  Just a simple card, but very cheery looking. Have a wonderful start to Summer and enter your own project with the sun using your Cricut on the challenge here.  Be sure to check out all of the great designs from the other members while you are there. – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 Wedding or Anniversary Challenge

June is the month for weddings and that is the current challenge on Bitten by the Bug 2.


Like everything else this year, weddings are being effected by COVID 19 restrictions.  My niece was to be married in April and my daughter in June.  Both have postponed their weddings until next year.  Since I didn’t have an actual wedding to make a card for, I decided to make a general one and have in my stash.  This cut is from Summer Celebrations and is currently free on Design Space.  I cut it with gray and white cardstock from my stash.  The original cut is open to the inside, but I didn’t like the look, plus the sides were pretty thin.  I cut a piece of cardstock from the DCWV stack called Le Blanc and put it behind the front.  It was a quick card to make and is pretty classic looking.

Check out all the great projects the design team did for the challenge and link up your own project using your Cricut on Bitten by the Bug 2 here.

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Military

Today is Memorial Day and the challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2 is Military. My son graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2014 and currently serves flying C130s.  I am finally finishing an album of his time there and made this page of his graduation.


The whole graduation week was filled with lots of ceremony and the graduation was no exception.  One of the highlights was then Vice President Biden saluting and shaking the hand of every single graduate (and there were just under 1,000).  The larger picture captures that moment when my son shook his hand.  Last year I watched a live stream of President Trump doing the same thing.  Unfortunately this year the cadets had a very abbreviated ceremony without any friends or family present and of course, no shaking of hands by the Vice President.  At least they did get a graduation, unlike most all other colleges.  I used an Authentique collection called Pride for the papers.  The stars are just the Cricut basic shapes and the title is a font called Plantin Schoolbook.  I also cut one of the pictures in the star shape.  You can do this if you are very careful to place the cut on the mat in an exact location and position your picture to be centered in that location.

I certainly have a new appreciation of those who serve after having a son in the Air Force.

Be sure to add your military project using your Circut machine and link it on the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 here.  – Denise

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Graduation

Today we start a new challenge on Bittten by the Bug 2 using graduation as the theme.  Graduations are certainly going to be a lot different in 2020 so my card is a little different too.

tool_boxTool_box_2   View of the back.

My great-nephew is graduating from high school and a vocational school this year after taking construction.  He has been accepted into an apprenticeship at the carpenter’s union, so this tool box card from SVG cuts seemed appropriate.  It is from the Father’s Day Box Card collection found here.  I added a mortar board in his school colors to the note pad on the front from Decorate, Celebrate. The writing is Modern Calligraphy.  I love writing with my Cricut because it always looks good and I can size it just right to fit.  I used basic cardstock in my stash along with metallic cardstock from DCWV.  I also used a couple of different brads that look like metal fasteners and screws.

Don’t forget to make something for that special graduate because they will need it more than ever this year.  Link up your project made with your Cricut to our challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 here.

Bitten by the Bug 2 – Flowers

Starting today through May 10 Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is flowers.  What a perfect start for May.


My project is a tissue box cover.  I know this doesn’t sound glamorous, but since I have allergies, these are all around my house and dressing them up has been fun.  SVG Cuts has these cut files that go together quickly.  I decided to use some of my beautiful Graphic 45 paper so that I could look at it every day.  The kit I used is called French Country.  I decided to dress it up even more by adding a dimensional Sunflower to match the paper. This also came from in a set called Harvest Sunset and can be found here.  The Sunflower on the bag is the one I used, but I downsized it to fit on the side of the box.  This meant that the pieces for the center were fairly small and I wouldn’t try it any smaller.  I inked the petals and leaves with a blending brush and Distress Oxide Inks.  I shaped them The center was covered in glue and then rolled in glass micro beads.  I picked those up at Hobby Lobby sometime and have used them for some fun things.   They really made the center look great.  I made another with plain cardstock and added the decorative panels from another Graphic 45 kit and will probably fill my house with them.

Have fun making any kind of project with flowers using your Cricut machine, then add your link to the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 here.  – Denise

Making cards from a 6 x 6 template


I am home because of the Pandemic shut down and decided to try and use some of the ginormous stash of 6 x 6 paper pads that I have.  I also had received my April 2020 KOM and March 2020 SMAK kits from Unity Stamp Company in the last couple of weeks, so I incorporated stamps from both of those in these cards.  I found a template on Pinterest by Dawn Lewis and it can be found here.  I printed her template which includes measurements. She actually uses a whole pad and made 66 cards, but used the template to make 11 at a time using 6 pieces of the paper.  I liked it because it didn’t have any waste and the layouts were straight forward enough to add things if I wanted to.  The paper pad is from Crate Paper called Bloom.  I picked it up sometime at Tuesday Morning.  I love going there because these pads are so inexpensive and I end up with tons of them.  Anyway the cards went together easily and I was able to use a lot of the stamps and did just a little fussy cutting for the butterflies and rabbit. The leaves on the big flower card were also fussy cut and were used to cover up a boo-boo I made.  I am glad I was able to salvage it.  Have fun and try the template. – Denise

Bitten By The Bug 2 – Let’s Get Outdoors

Join the challenge at Bitten By The Bug. This challenge is perfect because my grown children and their families love the outdoors so I have lots of papers and accents in this theme.  While they camp out all the time, I prefer ending my hikes at the cabin where there is a hot shower and a soft bed, lol.


Here is my card open (the card holders on the sides are just to hold it open).  I searched Pinterest for ideas on a pop-up tent card.  The item that came up the most was a die set by Karen Burniston with lots of little details.  Since I have my Cricut, I don’t tend to buy shaped dies like this because they are expensive and limited in their use.  I looked at it and also some other sites that gave basic information on designing a pop-up element in both cards and books and came up with a design that works using only basic shapes.  It should be in the Cricut Community in Design Space under 3d tent.  I always like a challenge to see if I can translate what I am thinking into Design Space.  I also used the cartridge Camp Out for the fire and logs.  The paper for the tent and card base is from paper by Parkland called Wilderness.  I used several different brads from Eyelet Outlet as decoration as well as some buttons from my stash.  The sentiments and front of the card were from a Photoplay collection called Campfire.

tent_front     Here is the front of the card.

Tent_top_view    And a top view.

tent_protoHere are my prototypes. Practice cards are a good way to use the ugly paper you have and won’t use, lol.  These brown roses just don’t get it for me.

Here is a second card I made using the same paper packs as the first plus Photoplay’s Lakeside. I used eyelets on the top of the tent instead of brads because I actually thought about doing it before gluing the tent together.

Join us for the challenge and add your own outdoor themed project made using your Cricut machine here.  I hope you are all able to get outdoors and stay safe as we get through this time of COVID 19. – Denise